Monthly Archives: October 2011

Propaganda from The Associated Press

AP White House Correspondent Ben Feller wrote a gag-inducing piece of propaganda for the administration, containing a few random jewels of irony, including:

For Obama, the larger story is of an administration with deepening credibility on how to handle bad actors or international tinderboxes without immersing the United States in war.

Which means they’ll have to stretch harder to keep us in fear of “tyranny” and subjected to whatever abuse they can imagine to keep us “safe.”

“The dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted,” Obama said. He spoke of Gadhafi as a man who beat and killed his people and who for decades robbed a nation of its potential.

No word yet on lifting Obama’s dark shadow of tyranny – although he’s only been killing his people for 3 years… but he has most definitely robbed this nation of decades of its potential.

…the United States, together with the international community, is committed to the Libyan people,” he said. “Today’s events prove once more that the rule of an iron fist inevitably comes to an end.

When will Obama’s rule come to an end? Isn’t he ruling the world with an iron fist, sending drones and troops to kill anyone he doesn’t like? He even has a Death Panel recommending U.S. citizens and foreign nationals for assassination!

One top Republican, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said Thursday that replacing Gadhafi with a representative democracy in Libya will be “worth its weight in gold in terms of our national security.” He added that fellow Republicans who “wanted the War Powers Act invoked would not have asked for it if President Obama wasn’t the president.”

That’s because corrupt people are always happy to have their corrupt allies break the law in their favor, but they get uneasy when their opponents do the same.

But it’s still illegal and should be repudiated, not rationalized.

via News from The Associated Press.

Whither Constitutional Authority Statements?

This is pretty funny, although not unexpected.

The first thing the Republican House majority did when they convened this year is adopt a rule requiring that every bill introduced also list which Constitutional clause enumerates their authority to introduce that bill and legislate in that matter.

Turns out, they have no idea how the Constitution works, what “enumerated powers” means, or even what “enumerated powers” are.

So, nine months later, what happened? The Republican Study Committee – essentially the GOP House Caucus’s conservative sub-caucus — has come up with the following analysis (analyzing 3042 bills through September 16, some of them counted more than once in the below statistics):

  • 3 bills cite only the Preamble to the Constitution.
  • 84 bills cite only Article 1, which creates the Legislative Branch.
  • 58 bills cite only Article 1, Section 1, which grants all legislative powers to Congress.
  • 470 bills cite only Article 1, Section 8, which is the list of specific powers of Congress, without citing any specific clause.
  • 539 bills cite [the General Welfare Clause].
  • 567 bills cite [the Commerce Clause].
  • 247 bills cite [the Necessary and Proper Clause], without citing a “foregoing power” as required by [Article I, section 8,] clause 18.
  • 309 bills cite two or more of the “general welfare” clause, commerce clause, or the “necessary and proper” clause.
  • 87 bills cite Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7, which provides that no money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law.
  • 210 bills cite Article 4, Section 3, which provides that Congress shall have the power to make rules and regulations respecting the territory or property of the United States.
  • 252 bills cite an amendment to the Constitution. For example, 54 cite the 10th Amendment (powers not delegated to the federal government), 30 cite the 14th Amendment (“equal protection, etc.”), and 64 cite the 16th Amendment (income tax).

Why do they even bother swearing an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution when they obviously have no concept of what that means?

via Whither Constitutional Authority Statements? | Cato @ Liberty.

It’s official: to protect baby’s brain, turn off the TV

Turn off the TV, and play with your kids!  Or at the very least, let them play by themselves and with each other.  That’s what babyhood’s all about.

At other times, media consumption comes with opportunity costs, foremost among them the silence of parents. “While television is on, there’s less talking, and talk time is very important in language development,” said Brown.

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Even when media plays in the background, it distracts babies from play, an activity that is known to have deep developmental benefits. And for parents who use media to carve out a few precious, necessary free minutes in busy schedules, Brown recommended letting kids entertain themselves.

“We know you can’t spend 24 hours a day reading to your child and playing with them. That’s okay. What’s also okay is your child playing independently,” she said. “That’s valuable time. They’re problem-solving. They’re using their imagination, thinking creatively and entertaining themselves.”

via It’s official: to protect baby’s brain, turn off the TV.